Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as illustrated by Eric Pape, was published in 1925 by The Macmillan Company of New York. The book contains 46 illustrations for the Rip Van Winkle story, and another 37 illustrations for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow story. The book originally sold for $1.75.
He Taught Them to Fly Kites.
A long ramble on a fine autumnal day.
He bore on his shoulders a stout keg.
This illustrated edition of the Rip Van Winkle story was positively reviewed by the Evening Star, of Washington D. C. upon its release in 1925. “On our own ground here with an author who pays to be remembered. We can visit Sleepy Hollow. We can see the places that Irving has made so mellow and soft and whimsically dear to us, a place to which Joseph Jefferson has added much to the original charm set by the author himself, a place also which the pictures of this edition, by Eric Pape, bring out to a new effect of reality mingled with the fancy that Irving himself used to happily in the stories and legends of the Catskills.” (“Selecting Books for the Young.” Evening Star (Washington, D.C.). November 8, 1925.)
Illustrations for the Rip Van Winkle portion of the book include:
Hendrick Hudson and His Crew.
A flag on which was a singular assemblage of stars and stripes.
Rip Van Winkle.
Frederic L. M. Pape (1870-1938), more commonly known as Eric Pape, was a highly regarded painter, engraver and illustrator. Pape was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He studied art in San Francisco the School of Design and later in Paris under noted artists such as Boulanger, Lefebvre, Constant, Doucet, Blanc and Delance. He then furthered his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under famous instructors such as Gerome, Delauney and Jean Paul Laurens. Pape was well traveled, having lived in England, France, Germany, Mexico and Europe. After five years abroad from around 1888 to 1893 Pape returned to the United States in 1894. He taught during 1897 in Boston at the Cowles Art School, which was established by painter Frank Cowles (1839-1928) and operated from 1883 to around 1900.
The next year, in 1898, Pape established his own school, the Eric Pape School of Art at Boston, Massachusetts. The school offered “drawing and painting “from life,” separate classes for men and women. Portraiture, still life, water-color, paste, pyrogravure, wood-carving, composition. Illustration, with costume models, pen, wash, gouache, poster and book-cover designing, decorative illustration for books.” The school, soon after its founding, “has been signally successful and quickly recognized as one of the foremost schools of its kind in this country.” (“Representative Young Illustrators: Eric Pape, Illustrator and Painter.” The Art Interchange. Vol. 44, no. 5. May, 1900.) Among the students at his school was N. C. Wyeth, who later published his own highly regarded illustrated version of the Rip Van Winkle story in 1921. The school operated until 1913.
Pape’s fine art work had been exhibited at the Paris Salon and at expositions in Munich (1897) Chicago (1893), Cincinnati, Detroit, Omaha (1899), Paris (1900), Buffalo (1901) and St. Louis (1904). Some of his noted paintings include The Spinner of Zeven (1889); The Great Sphinx by Moonlight (1891); The Two Great Eras (1892); The Angel with the Book of Life (1897); Approaching Storm, The Great Dane and Early Morning (1900); and Foam Surges (1902). His illustrative work can be found in many special edition books and illustrated magazine articles of the time.
Pape also worked as a stage designer for theater productions, including a showing of Rip Van Winkle in 1925 at the Repertory Theatre in Boston. This version of the timeless classic featured noted American actor Francis Wilson (1854-1935) portraying Rip Van Winkle in an “effective revival of stage classic.” Wilson was an ardent admirer of Joseph Jefferson, who played the role of Rip Van Winkle on stage for over 40 years. Wilson, who at the age of 12 first saw Jefferson in 1870, also authored a biography on Jefferson. In a review of the show, it was noted that “Eric Pape, noted illustrator and scenic artist, has designed and painted special settings of extraordinary beauty for this production.” (“Rip Van Winkle at the Repertory.” The Boston Globe. November 24, 1925.)